Wednesday, April 4, 2007
– Gretchen Wilson's just concluded 10-city coast-to-coast "Back to the Bars" tour raised more than $1.5 million for charity. "My musical roots are in clubs and bars," said Wilson. "We've done all these huge arenas and stadiums over the past three years, which has been amazing, but there's nothing like playing for people standing just a few feet away.It was really rewarding to be able to go back to these cities and these radio stations who supported us from the very beginning and give something back."
At a performance for St. Jude Partners In Hope at KSON San Diego, more than $585,000 was raised.
In Portland, Ore., more than 600 people packed a small venue literally, raising more than $23,000 for the Dornbecker Childrens' Hospital in Portland.
The fire marshal started turning fans away after 2,000 people had entered the Clear Channel Metroplex to see Wilson play Little Rock, Ark.'s KSSN's St. Jude fundraiser. Blocked and backed up streets and fist fights ensued among fans turned away at the door. "This was the biggest promotion we have ever done here," said Clear Channel Regional VP of Programming Phil Hunt. "There were fights, traffic jams, lives threatened and police called at every location where tickets were distributed. People wanted to see Gretchen Wilson in concert."
A sold-out event at the Gibson Beale Street Showcase in Memphis drew more than 600 fans and raised $108,000 to St. Jude.
A sold-out concert at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon netted more than $182,000 for WSIX-FM's St. Jude Radiothon.
Wilson will kick off her summer tour with a free concert at the famed Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience Sunday evening, May 13. Her third album, "One of the Boys," hits stores May 15.